31 May '16, 1pm

New Solar Cell Breaks Efficiency Ceiling, Theory Goes Out Window

As has been documented here, Japan is the only OECD country planning a significant expansion of coal generation, and is coming under a lot of pressure to change course. Germany’s often-cited new coal power stations were planned years ago as highly efficient replacements for old ones; total coal-burning capacity is not increasing and output has started to fall. The same effect is seen on a much larger scale in China – coal plants are still being opened, but as coal output and the capacity factor of coal plants are falling, it’s a game of musical chairs where the inefficient old plants get squeezed out. Vietnam has stopped plans for new coal plants, though this does not apply to those under way. India still officially plans a very large expansion of coal generation – but curiously enough, the number of the planned 13 Ultra Mega coal plants has been stuck at two for years, an...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2016/05/31/new-solar-cell-breaks...

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